World Anambra Anti-Malaria Day
World Malaria Day (WMD) is an international observance commemorated every year on 25 April and recognizes global efforts to control malaria. Today The Anambra state Ministry of Health in partnership with Queen Cynthia Azubuogu Foundation and Anambra Transformation Ambassadors organised a Statewide sensitization Walk to create massive awareness for total control and eradication of Malaria in the state.
The Honourable Commissioner for Health, Hon. Joe Akabuike who lead the awareness walk across the Awka capital city stressed the need for healthy environment and for people to sleep under a treated mosquito net as a measure to check malaria, The honourable Commissioner personally distributed the treated mosquito nets.
The CEO of The Foundation Miss Cynthia Azubuogu while addressing the press stated that the first step to eradicating any epidemic such as malaria is through awareness and sensitization, she warned against self – medication in the treatment of malaria and other diseases . She said people should always insist on tests being carried out by experts before any diagnosis or treatment could be given .
” Malaria is one of the oldest and commonest diseases which makes many people take it for granted .
” Most people think once they get to any over the counter drugs , after having one or two symptoms without carrying out any test , is okay .
“ Self – medication is very harmful and there are many dangers associated with it which many people don ’t know of .
“ So, the best way is to carry out test , to ascertain the nature of the sickness instead of assuming that it is common malaria ,” Queen Cynthia said.
She also advised that precautionary measures be taken against malaria with the use of treated mosquito nets.
” Prevention is better than cure , so we are still hammering on the use of mosquito nets .
“ With the use of mosquito nets , the emergence of the disease will not even happen, because malaria is claiming many lives than what people are imagining .’
The Director of Anambra Transformation Ambassadors an NGO for the promotion of excellent and efficient governance in the state , Dr Chinedu Enemou used the opportunity to invite Ndi Anambra for a diner party to celebrate the achievements of his Excellency Governor Willie Obiano in the Health Sector especially in the reduction of mortality rate.
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